Full Grand National 2013 Runners Guide

Grand National 2013 Runners Guide


Read our full Grand National 2013 runners and riders guide written by prolific from racinguk. Complete list of grand national horses, with colours, silks, jockeys and a review of every horse.





No. Form Colours Grand National Horses
Age Weight Trainers Jockey Rating
1 1U1P/2 Imperial Commander 25/1 12 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies 158
Top-class in his prime and won the Gold Cup from Denman at Cheltenham in 2010 (six of his eight career wins at the track). Injured when defending his crown a year later, though, and off for 22 months before finishing runner-up in the Argento Chase in January. Showed his enthusiasm remains intact that day but trip would be a question mark and wellbeing also an issue, having been ruled out of the latest renewal of the Gold Cup because of a lung infection. Also, Red Rum was the last to carry top weight to victory. Rating 6/10
2 33F7-8 What A Friend 40/1 10 11-9 Paul Nicholls Sam Thomas 157
Talented but tricky, failing to get his head in front since landing a grade one prize at the National meeting in 2010. Was a leading fancy for the 2011 renewal, having finished a fine fourth in the Gold Cup on previous start, but got weary long before the finish and was pulled up. Well held in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton Park on his belated return and easy enough to look elsewhere. Rating 6/10
3 PF-4PP Weird Al 50/1 10 11-8 Donald McCain Timmy Murphy 156
Has some classy form on his CV but more fragile than most and seemed to be going backwards when falling four out in last year’s National (only 3lb lower here). He ran well enough on his return behind Silviniaco Conti at Haydock Park in November but dismal efforts at Cheltenham and Newbury since.
4 113-04 Quel Esprit 50/1 9 11-7 W P Mullins 155
Classy character who won the Irish Hennessy last season (dictated a steady gallop) but put in his place in latest renewal. Has always looked more about speed than stamina, as witnessed by the way he faded into third in last year’s Guinness Gold Cup, at Punchestown.
5 7/U312 Big Fella Thanks 33/1 11 11-6 Tom George Denis O’Regan 154
Missed last year’s running, having been sixth, fourth and seventh in previous three renewals. No doubt that he has what it takes to tame the big fences (also third in this season’s Becher Chase off a 9lb lower mark) but lack of staying power has been an issue in each of his previous defeats and his trainer has said he is more inclined to run him in the Topham, over shorter, the day before the main event.
6 1U355 Roberto Goldback 33/1 11 11-6 Nicky Henderson 154
Was unlucky not to win the grade one Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown in May 2011 and, after losing his way, was a fluent winner at Ascot in November on his debut for Nicky Henderson. Not managed to replicate that form since, though, and trainer remains without a win in this contest.
7 113-23 Seabass WIN TIP 10/1 10 11-6 T M Walsh 154
Reeled off six successive wins (at up to 2m 6f) en route to contesting the National last year and ran a blinder, being beaten just over five lengths into third in the hands of Katie Walsh. Unable to stay on as strong as the front pair that day (bang there at the final fence and traded at 6-5 in running) but hard to quibble with his effort. Has to compete off a 5lb higher mark this time but has shaped well in two starts this term and well worth considering, with the slightly shorter distance of this year’s race in his favour.
8 46-P73 Ballabriggs 25/1 12 11-4 Donald McCain Jason Maguire 152
Brave winner in 2011 and made a bold defence off a 10lb higher mark last year, only crying enough after the last (traded at around 4-1 in running). Easy to forgive below-par efforts this term and has been shown a bit of leniency by the handicapper (back on the same mark as when enjoying his finest hour and, for instance, gets a 20lb pull in the weights with Sunnyhillboy compared to last year). Still has relatively few miles on clock and has prospects of becoming the first two-time winner of the race since Red Rum, especially if underfoot conditions are not too testing.
9 912-5P Sunnyhillboy 20/1 10 11-4 Jonjo O´Neill 152
Beaten a whisker by Neptune Collonges in last year’s National, with such as Seabass, Cappa Bleu and Ballabriggs behind. However, he was favoured by the weights on that occasion — he was unpenalised for winning at the Cheltenham Festival the previous month — and will have to cope with a 10lb higher mark this time. Also, he has not been easiest to predict, his success at Cheltenham being his first for more than two years. Late withdrawal from the Gold Cup because of a dirty scope.
10 2454431 Teaforthree 16/1 9 11-3 Rebecca Curtis 151
Looked Aintree material when winning the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last year and went long way to confirming that when edged out by Monbeg Dude in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow over Christmas. Pushed up 7lb in the ratings for that near-miss, though, and has to be forgiven subsequent poor run at Haydock Park. Seems effective on any going.
11 11271 Across The Bay 33/1 9 11-2 Donald McCain Henry Brooke 150
Mudlark whose seven career wins have all been achieved on soft or heavy going. Got back to winning ways in game style over hurdles at Haydock Park last time but limitations previously exposed in the Welsh National.
12 P3-72P Join Together 16/1 8 11-2 Paul Nicholls Daryl Jacob 150
His exploits as a novice included a level-weights defeat of Teaforthree at Cheltenham and he coped well with the demands of the National course when splitting Hello Bud and Big Fella Thanks – both track specialists – in the Becher Chase in December off a 2lb lower mark. Has hinted that extreme distances could suit but off-puting that he was pulled up in his his final prep race, at Doncaster, albeit after being badly hampered early on.
13 1209379 Colbert Station 14/1 9 11-1 T M Walsh 149
A big improver over the larger obstacles, winning the Paddy Power Chase in smooth style over Christmas. Since taken advantage of a much lower mark over hurdles, too, and clearly in fine fettle, but his relative lack of experience over jumps (five starts) and ability to stay such an extreme distance are concerns.
14 2P1536 Forpadydeplastere 66/1 11 11-0 Thomas Cooper Andrew J McNamara 148
Been infuriating to follow since his short-head win in the 2009 Arkle (runner-up nine times in the interim) but finally got his head back in front when landing minor contest at Thurles in November (only second ever attempt over three miles). Looks on a decent mark but unlikely such a searching test of stamina will play to his strengths.
15 B1F-1 On His Own 8/1 9 11-0 W P Mullins 148
One of the hard-luck stories in last year’s race as he had got bang into contention, going strongly, when exiting at Becher’s Brook on the second circuit. The nine-year-old, who has had just nine races and been left on the same mark, showed that tumble had left no mark when winning impressively over hurdles at Navan on his return in February and his trainer has few peers when it comes to teeing his horses up for the big day.
16 35233 Joncol 50/1 10 10-13 Paul Nolan 147
Two-time winner at the top level but his finest hour was three years ago, now, when a neck winner of the Irish Hennessy. His powers have seemed on the wane – was a distant third to Sir Des Champs in the latest renewal of that race – and doubtful whether he wants much farther than three miles
17 0O1-12 Balthazar King 33/1 9 10-12 Philip Hobbs 146
Has found his niche in cross-country races at Cheltenham, winning at the Festival in brave style last season. His form on conventional tracks is not so compelling, though, and he has never won off a mark this high in the past. Would not want the ground too soft, either.
18 334-22 Cappa Bleu 14/1 11 10-11 Evan Williams Paul Maloney 145
Not stood much racing since winning the Fox Hunter Chase at Cheltenham in 2009 but kept on well when fourth in the National last year (fourth year in succession his trainer/jockey have made the frame in the race). Able to compete off a 2lb lower mark and been trained specifically with a return in mind. Having avoided various slogs this winter, and run well in defeat at Ascot last time, he commands plenty of respect.
19 4-4U60 Oscar Time 50/1 12 10-11 M M Lynch 145
Glided through the race when beating all bar Ballabriggs (gave 5lb) in the National two years ago. Missed last year’s renewal through injury, though, and the 12-year-old failed to make much impression in the Bobbyjo Chase latest. His window may have passed.
20 091-78 Always Waining 50/1 12 10-10 Peter Bowen 144
Comes alive over the National fences and has won the past three runnings of the Topham (off marks of 128, 133 and then 138). Those triumphs deserve recognition but this longer trip seems unlikely to suit (he has almost two miles extra to cover) and, now 12, he has been hit hard by the handicapper, too. Stable also in the doldrums.
21 P/PP-4 Quinz 66/1 9 10-10 Philip Hobbs 144
On the up at this time two years ago when a game winner of the Racing Post Chase. Went off at 14-1 for the National on the strength of that but was pulled up before the Chair (burst a blood vessel). That signalled the start of a spell in the wilderness but has slipped back down the ratings and offered encouragement on his return at Kempton Park.
22 5U-676 Tatenen 100/1 9 10-10 Richard Rowe 144
Has shown his best form short of three miles and unseated his rider early on in the National last year, when sent off at 100-1. Creditable sixth in the Gand Annual Chase at Cheltenham latest but connections again tilting at windmills.
23 23F-71 Treacle 33/1 12 10-9 T J Taaffe A E Lynch 143
Exited at the tenth last year, having previously run as well as he had ever done when third to Quel Esprit in the Irish Hennessy on his previous start. Timely return to form when winning minor event at Down Royal last time but others have much stronger credentials.
24 11611 Lost Glory 50/1 8 10-8 Jonjo O´Neill 142
Something of a summer/early autumn horse who seems to need decent ground. Never better than when belying weakness in the market to win at Chepstow on his latest start, off a mark of 135 in October, but this would be a much tougher assignment, with stamina an unknown.
25 1-F430 Saint Are (E/W TIP) 50/1 7 10-8 Tim Vaughan 142
Has reserved his best efforts for Aintree in the past, winning a competitive 3m 1f handicap chase at the National meeting last year. Only had four runs since then and not disgraced at Ascot on penultimate start but stamina an unknown and seven-year-olds have a poor record in the race.
26 P1440 Swing Bill 66/1 12 10-8 David Pipe 142
Grey failed to make much impact in the National last year (distant tenth off a mark of 140) and likely to be a similar story, despite following up a reappearance win at Cheltenham with a close fourth, from off the pace, to Hello Bud in the Becher Chase in December. Well held at Cheltenham latest.
27 0F631 Chicago Grey 14/1 10 10-7 Gordon Elliott 141
Looked Aintree material when a fluent winner of the National Hunt Chase in 2011 but did not get a chance to show what he could do in last year’s race, being brought down early on. Timely return to form (weights already published) when landing a minor event at Navan latest start, having already been shown some leniency from the handicapper. Well worth considering.
28 0F-685 Quiscover Fontaine 50/1 9 10-7 W P Mullins 141
None of his seven career wins have been beyond 2m 3f but he was going OK, albeit when in rear, when falling at the seventeenth last year, having finished a fair fourth in the Irish National 12 months before. Remains with questions to answer.
29 63PP45 Becauseicouldntsee 100/1 10 10-6 N F Glynn 140
Imposing gelding has looked a plausible player in the past two renewals but fell second in 2011 and only got as far as the eighth last year, when hampered. Got back on track when fifth in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham (faded late on after being in contention most of way) but did end up having a hardish race there.
30 2P-P90 Harry The Viking 40/1 8 10-6 Paul Nicholls Ryan Mahon 140
Part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson. Did not waste time making an impact as a novice last season and did little wrong when a two-length runner-up to Teaforthree in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in March. Probably found the race coming too soon when running poorly in the Scottish National the following month but yet to fire this term, including when well held in the Kim Muir last time. Possibly needs decent ground.
31 B8-643 Rare Bob 33/1 11 10-6 D T Hughes 140
Usually a fluent jumper but has proved difficult to place/win with since scoring in grade one company as a novice chaser in 2009. Four previous visits to Aintree (including two spins over the National fences) have brought little joy, either, although, on the plus side, he has run well in defeat at Fairyhouse and Naas on his past two starts.
32 311P4 The Rainbow Hunter 66/1 9 10-6 Kim Bailey 140
Consistent and produced a career-best when a game winner at Ascot in November; form that has worked out well. Further rise in the ratings has left him him vulnerable, though, and not certain to be suited by farther than three miles, either.
33 236026 Mr Moonshine 66/1 9 10-5 Sue Smith 139
Bold jumper appeals as the type who will take to the course, but his two victories over fences (more than a year ago) came in small fields when able to dominate. The handicapper has shown some leniency (his mark has slipped 13lb during his barren run) but easy enough to reject.
34 1133FP Mumbles Head 100/1 12 10-4 Peter Bowen 138
The 12-year-old has spent much of his career in shallower waters, gaining half of his eight career wins at Perth. Looks weighted up to the hilt (never won off a mark higher than 129) and a first-fence fall in the Becher Chase — which he followed with a poor run at Haydock Park a fortnight later — does not augur well.
35 2PP-44 Pearlysteps 100/1 10 10-4 Henry Daly 138
Quickly showed himself to be a better chaser, than hurdler, as a novice the season before last and began last campaign with two encouraging efforts at Haydock Park, even though he ended up on the floor on the first occasion. However, it has been downhill since.
36 0P45F5 Auroras Encore 66/1 11 10-3 Sue Smith 137
Patchy record, which includes four falls, and yet to fire this season but, as a consequence, he is now lower in the ratings than when touched off by Merigo in last season’s Scottish Grand National, albeit that was not a vintage edition (almost half of the field were obliged to run from out of the handicap). Suited by good going
37 3F6042 Ninetieth Minute 66/1 10 10-3 T J Taaffe Niall P Madden 137
Better over hurdles (won the Coral Cup in 2009) than fences and hard to be positive about him in terms of form, stamina or jumping prowess. Fell in the Irish National last year and has only a single chase win to his credit since his Festival victory four years ago
38 P11420 Tarquinius 100/1 10 10-2 Gordon Elliott 136
Had looked thoroughly exposed before narrowly failing to peg back Jadanli in the Goffs Thystes Chase at Gowran Park in January. That race has had a bearing on the National in the past but this year’s renewal lacked depth and surprise if he can make an impact. Since been well beaten at Naas.
39 614U49 Any Currency 66/1 10 10-0 Martin Keighley Ian Popham 134
Was travelling OK when unshipping his rider at the Canal Turn (seven from home) in the Becher Chase in December but he boasts a poor wins-to-runs ratio and subsequent defeats at Catterick and Cheltenham (in the cross-country race) suggest he simply will not be quick enough.
40 P-265P Major Malarkey 100/1 10 9-13 Nigel Twiston-Davies 133
Runner-up in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter last year but lost his action and was pulled up before the second fence in the latest renewal. Has not won since December, 2010, and surprise if he ends his barren run here.
41 6U1/57 Poker De Sivola 66/1 10 9-13 Ferdy Murphy 133
Showed his prowess as a stayer when winning the National Hunt Chase (from Becauseicouldntsee) in 2010 and scooped the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park the following year. Only been seen on a racecourse twice since, though, and faded to be well beaten in the Becher Chase, at Aintree in December, on the latest of those.
42 111-1P Backstage 66/1 11 9-12 Gordon Elliott 132
43 1B-891 Soll 66/1 8 9-12 Jo Hughes Mark Grant 132
44 F19273 Romanesco 50/1 8 9-11 Gordon Elliott 131
45 023P25 Viking Blond 66/1 8 9-11 Nigel Twiston-Davies 131
46 161-37 Cloudy Lane 100/1 13 9-10 Donald McCain 130
47 770165 Pentiffic 100/1 10 9-8 Venetia Williams 128
48 44-069 Gullible Gordon 100/1 10 9-6 Peter Bowen 126
49 22157 Mortimers Cross 200/1 12 9-6 John Needham 126